Lois Bruneau passed away peacefully on Friday, March 9, in Saratoga, CA. Born to Joseph and Jane Francis O’Connell, Lois graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar and High Schools. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount St. Mary’s College in Brentwood, CA and was accepted as a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic Honor Society.
After marrying Ralph Bruneau in early 1950, Lois moved to Athens, Ohio for a year and a half while Ralph earned his MFA from Ohio University. When they returned to Phoenix, Ralph opened Bruneau Advertising Art Studio. For 30 years Lois was his secretary and bookkeeper while raising their three children: Michele (Shelly), Ralph III, and Brian.
Lois' interests included golf and playing tennis in the Women’s Interclub Tennis League at Arizona Country Club where they were long time members. They appreciated the great friendships they made there. She treasured entertaining her grandchildren and spending time with her great grandchildren. A sports enthusiast, she loved watching all sports, especially college, and was an avid Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. She enjoyed traveling to Europe, South America, and Asia where she and Ralph had the opportunity to enhance their eclectic art collection.
Lois was a member of St. Theresa’s Sodality and Legion of Mary, and Gerard High School’s Parents Club. She served as secretary of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, as a board member of the Catholic Foundation for Senior Adult Living, and as a liaison to the board of Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.
Lois was predeceased by her loving husband of 59 years, Ralph; her son Brian Bruneau, and her grandchildren Tony and Andrea Bruneau. She is survived by her daughter Shelly Barsanti (Dan), and son Ralph Bruneau (Joe Hogan); her grandchildren Lisa Tripp (Andy), Gina Alves (Chad), Joey Bruneau, Allyson Wyble (Craig), and Colleen Bruneau; and great grandchildren Connor and Zoe Tripp, Paisley and Kynslee Wyble, and Phoenix Bruneau. She is also survived by many cherished Knoell and Shiel nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Mass on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5001 E. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Burial to follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, 747 Camden Avenue, Suite B, Campbell, CA, 95008.